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6.0 /6 Wonderful 8 Reviews

Route 5

Town Centre Italian £££ +100
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About Route 5

It’s worth wandering a little further afield from Southend-on-Sea proper if you’re in search of a less-heralded gem of a restaurant. And if it’s Italian you’re after, head up Sutton Road east of the town centre to find the little collection of shops and eateries on your way north to St Luke’s and Prittlewell train station. Here, along the road slightly less travelled, you can find Route 5, a cosy and down to earth Italian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisines of Sicily and Abruzzi. The menu is simple and understated, but packed with ingredients from the two famous foodie regions, as is the wine list. If you can’t decide on what to eat, why not book for the third Thursday of the month and pick a starter and main course blind and let the kitchen work it’s magic.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Route 5, 140 Sutton Road, SS25ER Southend-on-Sea


8 Reviews

6.0 /6 Wonderful 8 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 07:13

We had the Mystery meal which we thought was a fun thing to do. The food was excellent, the people who own the restaurant were lovely, attentive without being obtrusive. We chose the house wine and it was very good. We rounded dinner of with the Tirumasu and a latte coffee, which we enjoyed. Great little place, excellent value for money and we will be returning .

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 07:30

What a lovely restaurant, Stefano and Federica are very helpful and always came to you with a smile. Food was amazing, very fresh and so tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's very good on price, and has a very homely feel to it. .

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 10:38

Delicious meal and great service by the lovely owners! Recommend to anyone that appreciates real homemade italian food. Also recommend the Tiramisu one of the best I've had!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 00:17

We spent a very pleasant evening at Route 5, couldn't fault anything, a really good and varied menu, we were spoilt for choice, the food was cooked to perfection, the cocktails went down well too! I rarely have three courses, but made an exception as it was all too good to miss out on. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 11:07

Great food, service and value. Small and friendly. What more could you ask for? The rice ball starters are a must as is the aubergine in tomato. We will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 08:57

A very warm welcom, Excellent service, amazing food and delicious cocktails!! What more could you ask for? A hidden gem in the heart of Southend. Will definitely return

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 18:10

Lovely food, and reasonably priced, as are the drinks. The young couple who run this place offer great food and great hospitality. I have nothing negative to say

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 12:20

Really lovely evening with authentic Italian food a great atmosphere and exceptional customer service. This is our second visit and now our favourite little Italian restaurant.